Speed from Skidmarks

skidmarksTire marks left on the pavement at a collision scene tell the investigator many things about the events involved in a motor vehicle collision. One common example involves using the length of the mark to calculate pre-collision speed. It was often an interesting exercise that could either verify or call into question information given by witnesses and drivers.

READING - The Safe Systems Approach

Vision Zero CanadaWe hear a lot about the Safe Systems Approach required by Vision Zero. An article in Transportation Talk, the newsletter of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers by Neil Arason explains:

READING - Road Safety Annual Report 2019

The International Transport Forum's Road Safety Annual Report puts Canada in the middle of the OECD Countries for the percentage in change of road deaths from 2010 to 2017 showing a reduction of about 18%. The leader is Norway with about a 48% reduction and the worst is Columbia with in increase of about 30%.

Glaring Fog Lamps

glaring fog lampsOne of the most common complaints I hear that is not about a moving violation concerns the use or misuse of lights on vehicles. Here is one of them: "What is really starting to annoy myself and many others is people driving with their fog lights on during clear nights or even during the day. Is this not an infraction? These lamps are often unreasonably bright."

Q&A - Tire Chains on Commercial Vehicles

commercial vehicle chain signYesterday we drove up the Coquihalla from Hope, the plow trucks were doing a wonderful job on the highway but there was no care taken to plow out the chain-up pull-outs for commercial trucks. So now the trucks are all lined up along the right lane of the road, thus forcing regular traffic into one lane.

This may be ok except now a semi wants to start up the hill and realizes too late that the single set of chains he/she put on will not go and now stops the second lane until help arrives or more chains are installed. I don't mind being corrected here as I don't sit there observing all day but it appears that most of the truckers are trying to get by with only one set of single chains.

NEWS - B.C.'s Active Transportation Strategy

New BC LogoThe Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) that would allow alternative types of transport such as Segways, e-scooters and electric unicycles to be used legally.

Driving With Vision Obstructed

Frosty Car WindshieldI carry a handicap parking permit. When I was first issued this permit an outline of my responsibilities said that I was to remove it from the rear view mirror while driving "...as it is against the law to drive with the Permit hanging (obstructed vision)." I see often see permit holders driving with their permits hanging from the rear view mirror, so this rule is obviously not being enforced. A mention in your column may help remind drivers of their legal responsibility in this regard.

CASE LAW - Naidu v Zhong

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves a head on collision between two vehicles driven by Wasanthi Naidu and Xu Xia Zhong on Blundell Road between #6 and Sidaway Roads in Richmond. Both drivers claim that the other was on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash.

Maintaining Proper Lane Position

Highway LinesAre some of us such sloppy drivers that we can't even stay between the lines on the highway? I was driving home from work tonight and met a pickup truck completely onto my side of the double solid line in a set of winding curves. Was the driver not paying attention or was he so intent on not slowing down that he straightened out the corners to avoid braking? I suspect that it was the latter.

HERGOTT LAW - Hit & Run Duties

Hergott Law logoIf you are the victim of a hit & run collision, one of your duties is to make reasonable efforts to identify the driver that hit you. Failing to do this may allow ICBC to refuse your claim. Paul examines Mr. Ghuman's actions after the crash and ICBC's position on what he should have done in the context of the Supreme Court decision.

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